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Skyworld by Mervin Ignacio
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Jun 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: summer-reading-2012, summer-komikon-2012, philippine-komix
Read on May 27, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 2

Summer Komikon 2012 special

Summer Komikon 2012 saw the launch of Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria’s Skyworld as a two-volume trade paperback collection from National Bookstore which collected the graphic novel series originally self-published by the duo. I have the first three graphic novels, which were released in previous Komikons and of which I have done reviews here. A fourth one was unpublished but is included in the second volume of the collection.

The first volume collected Apocrypha and Testament and the trade paperback has some subtle differences from the original self-published releases. The new edition has an introduction from acclaimed local author David Hontiveros and the pages are now fully inked. In the original graphic novel, Apocrypha had uninked pages and went with the full pencils treatment. The later releases were fully inked and the trade paperback now has a unified appearance. But I preferred the pencils as Sta. Maria penciled his pages tightly and rendered intricate details which became obscured when he inked it.

Since much of Apocrypha was a flashback story, it actually made the collection a better reading experience than the original because what were once two books was now within one cover. The emphasis in the first graphic novel was on characterization and world building, thus hampering the reader who wanted to dive into the main story and action that Testament had in spades. In the collection, the reader had the best both worlds, as the introduction flowed into the modern day setting and action seamlessly.

Trese fans would enjoy this book as an extension of the Trese universe. The supernatural police consultant has an important supporting role here and Trese creator Budjette Tan is credited as editor, so Trese purists would be satisfied that their favorite character is voiced authentically.
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